Monday, July 23, 2018

Tortie Shorties Book Reviews

Meows from Mudpie!

Today we're reviewing a pair of newly released cat books. We hope you enjoy our choices!

From the publisher: A quirky framing of the Civil War grounded in solid scholarship. The Brown twin sisters have built historical dioramas to tell the story of the Civil War with an unexpected twist. The thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers depicted in the battles and scenes are cats! Little Round Top, Pickett’s Charge, Andersonville come to life in this fun, fanciful, solidly researched and highly visual representation of the War. The cats pull you in, and soon you’ll find you’re immersed and engaged, learning details and gaining a new and different perspective.

Tortie Shorties Review: I was first introduced to the Civil War Tails Diorama Museum in this blog post and was instantly intrigued, so when I learned the sisters/proprietors were writing a book I had to get my paws on a copy.

Don't think this is just another cutesy cat book; it's filled with riveting Civil War stories obviously told by people who are passionate about the subject and have studied it in great detail. I enjoyed the focus in the book and the dioramas on individuals and their personal stories rather than broader themes. The fact that the soldiers are depicted as cats rather than men is just the icing on the cake! As the book says, "One visitor commented that seeing the dead and wounded would not have affected her if the figures were humans, but something about seeing bleeding kitties had an impact on her and gave her an appreciation for what the men went through."

The detail in the dioramas is so extraordinary I found myself getting lost in the pictures. Visiting the museum is on my bucket list but until I can get there I'm sure I will be looking at this book frequently, because there will always be new details to be found. Civil War buffs and cat lovers alike will find themselves entranced by Civil War Tails!

From the publisher: A humorous collection of dozens of photos of funny and adorable cats as they play with, roll in, and chow down their favorite snack of choice -- catnip.

Cats love catnip. Whether it's eating it, playing with it, or rolling around in it, catnip turns our domestic feline friends into hilarious balls of activity. Carefree and unconstrained, they are free to be silly, exceptionally playful, and downright gnarly.

Professional pet photographer and self-confessed crazy cat man Andrew Marttila (the photographer behind Shop Cats of New York) captures a range of the cats' silly and expressive personalities as they react to their catnip trip. Delightful, elegant Fluffy transforms into a hell-bent renegade. Shy, reserved Mittens becomes a free-loving acrobat. In the blink of an eye, a cat's expression transforms from bored to inquisitive to playful to curious to bizarre . . . to utterly unhinged. A fun and delightful look at our furry companions, this gift book is perfect for every cat lover.

Tortie Shorties Review: This is a book sure to leave cat lovers of all ages grinning from ear to ear as you flip through page after page of adorable kitties enjoying their "nip". There's nothing more enjoyable than watching cats having fun, but with the exquisite close-ups from photographer Andrew Marttila (Kitten Lady Hannah Shaw's partner!) the cats feel as though they're about to leap right off the pages. Keep this one on your coffee table for any time you need a little cheering up!

Disclaimer: I received free copies of these books from the authors and publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review. As members of the Amazon Associates affiliate program, if you click on our links and buy something Mudpie gets a little money for her piggy bank!


Fr. Tom Fish said...

We're always open to new ideas and, of course, new books, too. Mudpie, being a cat, the Civil War one would have more of an impact. Cats on Catnip should be a fun one to enjoy. We'll share these reviews all around. - Tom x

Unknown said...

Hey, thanks for linking to my post! :) I still have not been to see those dioramas in person, and Gettysburg is just over an hour up the road from us, so shame on me. The book does look good, and so does the catnip one. There's nothing funnier than a cat tripping on nip!

Patricia T said...

Thanks, Melissa and Mudpie. The work that went into the dioramas has to be amazing!

Eastside Cats said...

A friend of ours is a HUGE Civil War history buff...and a cat-lover too!

The Menagerie Mom said...

Both of these books have me so intrigued. The quote about the impact of seeing bleeding kitties really resonates with me. And I can imagine smiling and laughing my entire way through Cats on Catnip. Thank you for always sharing such purrfect reads with us! said...

Cats on Catnip!! I can't believe they didn't feature Frodo!

Valentine said...

Wowy, Mom and I would luv to see that diorama of those soldiering pussycats. That must've taken fur-ever to make! And what a creative idea to let the war history through the perspective of pussycats!

There is always a need for table top books with kitty cats featured in them! I'll move off Mom's magazines to ready for the catnip book! Thanks fur sharing your book reviews! You are an very good reviewer! Winky winks. -Valentine (& Mom) of Noir Kitty Mews

pilch92 said...

I avoid war stuff, but the cats on catnip looks fun :)

Three Chatty Cats said...

I follow Andrew on social media. What a great idea for a book!